India Embraces Renewable Energy – Solar is the New Vogue

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In order to combat the pollution menace around the country, the Centre and state governments are adopting environment-friendly options to reduce carbon footprint. One of most successful ventures has been reduction of dependency on non-renewable energy sources, by embracing non-combustible energy resources.

India’s solar power generation capacity is expected to grow four times by the end of 2017. With 33 solar parks in 21 states, the ambitious target seems possible, confirmed government sources. Currently, country’s solar power production is close to 5,400 MW.

By 2022, the government plans to make 175 GW power available from renewable sources. According to the plan 100 GW power will be generated from solar energy and more than 60GW will be wind energy. Many big projects are on the pipeline in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu.

One lakh MW target is ambitious but it’s achievable. By March 2017 we will have 20,000 MW capacity, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) Joint Secretary Tarun Kapoor told PTI. Now we are at around 5,400 MW… Everyday one project or the other is being commissioned and capacity is being added, he added.

MNRE sources confirmed by March 2016 solar power generation capacity is likely to cross over 9,000 MW mark.

India is currently ranked 11th in the world in terms of solar power generation. However, with new capacities being added, it will be among the top five solar energy producing countries.

Countries like China, Germany and Italy have made colossal efforts towards expanding their solar power capacity in the past few years. Germany has an installed capacity of 38,000 MW of solar power. Meanwhile, with 14 gigawatt solar panels China became the largest solar panel market in 2015.

Germany is adding 3,000-4,000 MW annually, but at its peak it added around 7,000 MW a year. Similarly, China in one year added 12,000 MW and then the next year it was 11,000 MW. Now it is adding 11,000-12,000 MW annually. Its installed capacity in about 43,000 MW and overtaken Germany, said Kapoor. On India, he said, What we are attempting, at our peak we will be for 15,000 to 16,000 MW solar power generating capacity annually to match our target.

As per a recent MNRE report, tendering for several solar projects aiming to produce 15,177 MW power has already been done. Meanwhile, tendering for upcoming projects for additional 12,161 MW productions is expected during the financial year 2016-17. This will increase India’s solar generation capability to 21,199 MW by March 2017.

These groundbreaking developments have surely carved the path to a better future in terms of our environment, the very air we breathe in. With all the efforts made by the government, the responsibility towards a better future also lies in our hands. We must all do whatever we can to keep our environment clean and healthy. After all, if we all pitch in and play our parts diligently, the collective effort can produce amazing results.

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